Saltillo basketball continues undefeated streak
From Staff Reports

Jan. 21, 2007 - SALTILLO - Continuing their run for an undefeated district season, the Saltillo Lions and Lady Lions captured victories against Dodd City Friday night. The wins met the approval of the Saltillo homecoming game packed gym.

In the first game, the Lady Lions (9-0, 22-1) edged out the Lady Hornets 48-47 thanks to a Chloe Roberts 2-point basket with 58 seconds showing on the clock.

�The only game of the year that I dread is homecoming,� Saltillo head coach Gary Davidson said after the game. �I thought we executed the last two minutes really well. We missed a free throw down the stretch and we've got to make those; but again, when you pull it out after not playing for two quarters, it shows you what you've got.�

Roberts finished with 13 points, one of three Lady Lions to score in double figures. Senior Bekah Rogers led the offense with 16 points and Winter Stevens bucketed 13.

Dodd City's Cecily Derwin, who scored 21 for the night, hit the first bucket of the evening, but that was the last Lady Hornet lead until the final four minutes of the game. The next eight points belonged to the Lady Lions. Saltillo continued to pile up the points, leading 18-3 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Lions' man-to-man defense stymied Dodd City throughout the first half.

Although the Lady Lions held their 15-point advantage at the end of the second quarter, 35-20, Dodd City scored the final five of the quarter and the first six of the third quarter so that the margin had narrowed to eight by the end of the third, 42-34. The Lady Hornets instituted a 1-3-1 zone defense in the final three minutes of the first half creating difficulty for the usually point-prolific Lady Lions.

A 9-2 Dodd City run at the start of the fourth tied the game with 3:55 left. Five Lady Hornet fouls in the final minute, including an offensive charging foul and the fifth foul for Derwin, aided the Lady Lion cause. In addition, Dodd City changed their defense to a 2-3 zone in the middle of the fourth and that opened scoring opportunities for Saltillo.

The Lady Lions face Campbell next Tuesday. Coach Davidson said, “We beat them by seven at their gym and I imagine we will get their best effort Tuesday night.”

Dodd City 3 17 14 13 -47

Saltillo 18 15 7 8 -48

Dodd City - Cecily Derwin 21, Jordon Parker 11, Amy Herpeche 9, Samantha McCarty 4, Lauren Anderson 2.

Saltillo - Bekah Rogers 14, Chloe Roberts 13, Winter Stevens 13, Jessica Gilbreath 6, Emily White 2, Stephanie Methe 2.


Saltillo 59, Dodd City 29

The Lions (9-0, 18-5) were not as worried by the homecoming hoopla as they cruised to a 59-29 win.

Paced by Miles Payne, who led their scoring with 22 on the night, the Lions held an 8-point lead at the end of both the first and second quarters. Following the half-time crowning of the homecoming queen, the Lions then proceeded to pound the boards, leading by 20 at the end of the third quarter and adding 10 more to the gap before the game ended. � �

A full court press by Lion defense created a number of first-half opportunities but head coach David Murphy said, “We really blew a bunch of shots.”

During halftime, Murphy challenged his team to “get conservative on both ends of the floor." After the game, he said, “The press was effective in the first half, but we didn't take advantage of it.”

Lion Travis Thompson nailed 16 points for the evening while wearing his assistant coach's shoes. According to the coaching staff, Thompson “blew out” his second of two pair of shoes for the season during last Tuesday night's game.

The Lions and Lady Lions face Campbell next Tuesday night at Saltillo.

Dodd City 5 12 5 7 -29

Saltillo 13 12 19 15 -59

Dodd City - Garrett Sadler 8, Justin Spindle 7, Ethan Stephens 5, Jacob Jones 4, Chance Peeler 2, Colin Taylor 2, Keith Williams 1.

Saltillo - Miles Payne 22, Travis Thompson 16, Jocsan Gamez 9, Chase Carr 5, Kenneth Poor 4, Nolan Garmon 2, Derek McClure 1.

North Hopkins 66, Union Hill 44

BETTIE - North Hopkins remained undefeated in District 18-A, Div. I with a victory over Union Hill.

Steve Crocker pumped in 18 points and Roger Sancho added 14 points for the Panthers (13-11 overall, 4-0 in district), who had four players score in double figures. Dustin Clements added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Gerad Woodard bucketed 10 points.

Andre Thomas led Union Hill (2-13, 0-4) in scoring 15 points and Brady Helton contributed 13 points.

North Hopkins 23 7 21 15 -66

Union Hill 13 6 10 15 -44

North Hopkins - Brian Vaughn 2, Blake McClure 4, Dustin Clements 11, Gerad Woodard 10, Roger Sancho 14, Nick Tamsma 2, Steve Crocker 18, Rickey Willis 5.

Union Hill - Matt Cassey 2, Cory Brunnell 2, Andy Schmidt 9, Andre Thomas 15, Brady Helton 13, Justin Hooten 3.

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